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Is it necessary to wear swim goggles in a pool?


Date: 22 Feb 2016   Posted By: Vandana     Group: Opinion About    Category: Miscellaneous   

I have seen some swimmers and even divers wearing swim goggles in the pool. Are these really necessary in the sense that is it an important accessory of swim wear? In what way and for what specific reasons could they be mandatory to wear? For example, if I am going to be in a swimming pool for a long time, say for at least an hour, would it be advisable to wear them?
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Author: Kailash Kumar    22 Feb 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 3  (Rs 3)    Voting Score: 0

The sea water contains salt and the pool water generally contains chlorine. Such water on coming in contact with eyes during swimming is likely to cause irritation to the eyes and/or blurred vision. Wearing water tight goggles during swimming is a preventive measure against such occurrences. However such water tight goggles can be used only up to few feet deep under water as the water pressure cause them to press against the face. Diving masks are used in case activity at more depth is required.

Author: Juana    22 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 4  (Rs 4)    Voting Score: 0

Unlike a swimming cap wearing of swimming googles is not compulsory in swimming pools. However, they are required for your own safety.

1. Swimming pool water has excessive amounts of chlorine that causes the eyes to burn and sting
2. Wearing swimming googles prevents the water from entering the eyes and prevent irritation
3. They also prevent eye infections that can occur if the pool water is unclean
4. The googles enable swimmers to keep their eyes open at all times

Swimming googles must always be of a reputed brand. Brands like Speedo and Reebok make swimming googles that are comfortable to wear and provide protection. These googles are tested against defects before they hit the store.

An ideal pair should either have an elastic band to keep the googles in place or an adjustable band. They should snugly fit the area around the eyes.


Author: Venkiteswaran.    23 Feb 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

In addition to the points in the earlier posts, I wish to add one point. Wearing goggles reduces the counter pressure exerted by the water on the eyeballs when swimming fast.

Author: Mahesh    23 Feb 2016      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Water in swimming pool contains chlorine and some other chemicals. Though normally not all eyes get affected by them. However if you are allergic to those chemicals then you feel burning sensation. It also affects the skin nearby your eyes and other parts in the body. In such case the goggles can be really useful. So I suggest you to wear them if your sensitive in case of the skin issues.




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